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Crack-The Ultimate Hair Care Prescription

I was recently in a check-out line and saw a bottle of “Crack”. I had to look. The clever description made it impossible to resist. So , what is “Crack”? Well, it’s not what you’re thinking (I would never condone drugs). This is a hair care miracle. Named Crack for it’s addictive, habit-forming properties, this cream does everything you need it to do. Formulated with acai extract and silk proteins, this product moisturizes and protects hair from dryness and chemicals, including chlorine. It offers thermal and UV protection, and moisturizes from the hair cuticle to the ends. And this wonder blocks the effects of humidity and eliminates up to 95% of frizz and curl.

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As you can see (and no, this isn’t me), it really does work. From the first application, my hair was shiny, more manageable, and very silky. And I can also vouch for the humidity claims. This summer has been one humid mother, and this product keeps my hair smooth all day long. Applied to towel-dried hair, Crack makes blow-drying a snap. The brush glides through hair and makes the whole process much easier. I’m left with hair that has tons of volume and looks smooth as glass. I’m already addicted. But a warning, a little bit goes a long way.

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Crack $19.95
available at Ulta

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Dry Way to Keratin Infusion

One of the first posts I did was about Suave Professionals Dry Shampoo. In this post I wrote about how awesome their $3 version is compared to much more expensive brands. Well, Suave has done it again. They have launched a phenomenal Keratin Infusion line and I am in love with the dry shampoo.
So, what is keratin? Keratin is a very strong protein that our hair, nails, skin, and teeth are made out of. Damage to the external layer of keratin can cause hair to look dry, brittle, and unhealthy. And if you style with heat, you are going to damage that layer. Basically, the thicker the layer of keratin is, the healthier and shinier our hair is. Keratin Infusion does what it’s name states-it infuses your hair with keratin and helps to protect it from damaging styling tools and products.
What I love about this new dry shampoo is that it makes my hair super shiny. Most dry shampoos leave a whitish residue and a matte finish, but not this one. Formulated with Keralock Technology, this gives your hair a dose of keratin, absorbs oil, refreshes hair, and gives your blowout more longevity. You’re left with healthy looking hair full of volume and shine. And it smells amazing!

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Suave Keratin Infusion Dry Shampoo $3.49
available at Target and all major drugstores

Be sure to check out Suave’s entire line of Keratin Infusion. There are styling products, shampoos and conditioners, and a smoothing kit (which is not for all hair types). For more information and to take the hair quiz, please visit Suave Keratin Infusion

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Thin Mints or Luna Bars?

It’s Girl Scout Cookie time, and while that would usually have me singing at the top of my lungs, this year not so much. I have put on a bit of pudding and need to lose about ten pounds. Now, I am not saying not to buy these scrumptious cookies, quite the opposite. I believe in the organization, I was a Girl Scout, and I believe it’s important to support them. But, I have a problem. You see, I can not eat just one cookie. No, I eat an entire box. I love them so much. Luckily, I have found a delicious alternative, and they are really good.

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My kryptonite- Samoas and Thin Mints

So, what is my solution? Luna Bars! These bars are made for women by women (the Girl Scouts would be so proud) and they are the best. They contain 70% organic ingredients and vitamins that meet the special needs of a woman’s body, and are available in yummy flavors. Here’s how they compare to my beloved scout cookies.

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The Samoa (or carmel delight) breaks down like this: a two cookie serving contains 150 calories, 8 grams of fat, and 11 grams of sugar.

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The Chocolate Dipped Coconut Luna bar contains 190 calories but 9 grams of protein, 11 grams sugar, and is loaded with vitamins and minerals.

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The Thin Mint (4 cookie serving) contains 160 calories, 10 grams sugar, 8 grams fat, and only 1 gram protein.

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The Chocolate Peppermint Stick Luna bar has 180 calories and 12 grams sugar. However, it also has 5 grams fat, 8 grams protein, 4 grams fiber, calcium, folic acid, vitamin D, and iron.

Surprisingly, the cookies have less calories than the bars, but Luna does offer more nutritional value. I was very surprised how much the Luna bars tasted like their Girl Scout cookie counterparts. I will still buy some Girl Scout cookies (the hubby can eat them) because I do think it’s a great thing to empower these girls and help them reach their goals. But, it’s nice to know there is an option out there that fills my craving for the most delicious cookies in the world.

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To find out where you can purchase Girl Scout cookies, please visit Girl Scouts Cookies

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Luna bars are sold individually or in boxes. I got these at Target for $5.89 per box (6 bars). The individual price was $1.09.
available at major drug and grocery stores.

And remember, you can support the Girl Scouts and still be healthy. Everything in moderation. Unfortunately, I have no self control when it comes to these iconic treats. But if you do, enjoy!

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